Bids are being advertised to perform remediation work to a storm pipe that was blocked during the deluge on June 30th, flooding the Hawley property of Sharon Gries and affecting The Settlers Inn across the street. Federal disaster assistance money is to fund the work.
Hawley Council voted to pursue the bids at their December 11th meeting. Mary Sanders, Council Vice-president, urged that the project move forward as soon as possible, to try and avoid further problems from another major storm.
A property access agreement is being obtained from the property owner. Remediation will involve the design work, surveying and flushing the pipe. The cost has been estimated at $10,100.
A second option would be to replace the pipe, which would be a major cost, at an estimate $135,000. Engineering would be required. Council President Don Kyzer advised that they won't know whether that would be necessary until the pipe is flushed out to see how much deterioration occurred.
The pipe leads to a box culvert under Route 6 and empties out on the Settler's Inn side, into the remnant of the D&H Canal. A channel carries runoff into the Lackawaxen River from there, but on June 30 water entered the lower section of Settler's Inn.
A special meeting may be needed to open the bids.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not approve funding for drainage work on Paupack Street.
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